A guest post by a foster carer on the attempted murder of Issy Stapleton. It is a plea to parents who need help to seek it – that the stigma of foster care needs to cease.
Comments on this post will be strictly moderated as its author may not be readily available to engage in discussion. For more pieces on this hate crime visit the #Iamnotkellistapleton #walkinissysshoes flash blog site or find more on Twitter.
I am not Kelli Stapleton. .
I am not murder.
I am not death.
I am another option.
The better option
I am not ‘giving up’
I am the respite you desperately need
And the break your child craves.
I am space to think, a chance to regroup to find the strength you need.
I am the loving home for however long it takes.
I am the foster carer.
I chose this life.
I chose to love an Autistic child. I turned down the mainstream placements.
I never wanted to be ‘mum’, I don’t want your job title.
We can share in celebrating progress and the breakthroughs.
Let’s laugh together about the funny moments and moan about the frustrations.
We understand each other.
We both want your child to meet their goals and potential.
Allow me to share with you the perfect, unique individual you brought into the world, and it would be my honour